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to mesmerize them nine days after the story broke. >> joining us now, tara mckelvey. and here in washington, rajiv chandrasekaran, senior correspondent and editor for "the washington post." rajiv, you've covered the war in afghanistan extensively. did you get invited on trips with david petraeus, how well did you know him and how well -- >> i covered him off and on first back in iraq when he was a division commander up in northern iraq and more recently when he was top commander of all u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan and in that later job i did travel around the country with him. he would give remarkable access to journalists. oftentimes it was under very strict ground rules that things were off the record but he did open himself up to press coverage because he thought it was important for the mission to get recognized out there, but also i believe because he also liked to see himself at the center of the coverage. >> so that remarkable access paid dividends for petraeus's image. would you say, would you argue with the notion that many of the jurmts who dealt with him, who know him, hav
encouraged petraeus to step down after learning of the affair. joining me now is rejeve from "the washington post." good morning to you. do you think general would have step dound if clapper hadn't suggested it? >> good morning, randi. i think pe tratraeus faced withs investigation, faced with officials understanding what has occurred between him and his biographer paula broadwell was left with little choice. with everything i know, i think that resignation would have been something he likely would have suggested himself as well. >> you have written quite a bit about petraeus. how surprised were you when you heard this news? >> profoundly surprised. it didn't seem in character. petraeus was something nr than just a shrewd battlefield tactician, a very capable strategist. for the last several years, he had fashioned himself as a leader of troops who spoke not just about courage on the battlefield but about personal character and virtue, and this was a man who held himself up and wanted the forces under him to hold themselves up to a higher standard. it really -- to all who know him -- and i'v
is over, it's time for washington to get in gear. do something about it. this fiscal cliff business could affect just about every single one of us, and you can bet there's plenty going on behind the scenes. this past hour we heard from the president in the east room of the white house basically announcing he's inviting leaders from both houses of congress and from both political parties to meet with him at the white house next friday. just a couple of minutes ago, we heard the president say he's open to compromise and open to new ideas, but there's one point the president is sticking to -- higher taxes for people making higher incomes. take a listen. >> i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. i'm not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000 aren't a asked to pay a dime more in taxes. >> two hours before we saw the president, we saw the house speaker, republican, john boehner, said quote, everything on the revenue side and on the sp spending side has to be looked at but when it comes t
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from washington. brianna, where does the obama administration stand right now with all of this? >> reporter: well, right now we are hearing from the white house who says this won't affect the president's attention to the fiscal cliff situation. that said, we do know that he has had to spend time on this. a limited amount of time in the words of white house press secretary jay carney, but we also know that a lot of staff hours have had to go to dealing with this situation with generals petraeus and allen. yesterday this was the first press conference that we had a chance to ask jay carney about this situation. and he said that the president thinks very highly of general allen, of his service to his country, of the job he's done in afghanistan. and one reporter asked if he, if the president has the full faith, or if general allen, i should say, has the full faith of president obama. and here's what carney said. >> he has faith in general allen, believes he's doing and has done an excellent job at isap. and i would rephrase the pentagon for the process underway with regards to gen
petraeus. let's stop it here and bring in suzanne -- suzanne kelly in washington, our intelligence correspondent. suzanne, a lot of ground to cover here. we have this video that has surfaced of paula broadwell, last month, speaking at the university of denver and she's speaking here as david petraeus' biographer about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. let's take a listen. >> i don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the cia an annex had taken a couple prisoner and they think the attack on the consulate was an attempt to get the prisoners back. that's still being vetted. >> where did she hear that? did it come from david petraeus and do we know if her claim was true, the cia was holding captives inside a consular annex in benghazi? >> right, ted. this raises serious issues. she clearly said in the video the information she was sharing on libya and the cia holding prisoners there hadn't been vetted. so that means she is sharing something with -- that she heard with a public audience. that's concerning because they have to ask, what is your source? is the
jones has more now from washington. >> it's time to get back to work. >> reporter: with the election in the rearview mirror, the focus in washington is back on efforts to avoid the economically devastating fiscal cliff. >> if we just go over the cliff and let those policies stay in effect, we're basically going to undo the recovery. metro party really wants to be blamed for that. >> reporter: the cliff amounts to $7 trillion in spending cuts and tax increases over the next decade. the threat of these painful cuts set to begin on january 1st is part of a deal congress and the president made last year to force them to agree on a long-term deficit reduction plan. >> this is a scenario that congress has said if we don't act, we're going to shoot ours. >> reporter: so far that long-term plan hasn't materialized. the biggest chunk of the cliff, the bush tax cuts. they're also a big sticking point. democrats say cuts for families making $250,000 or more must end. >> we're serious about reducing the deficit. we have to combine spending cuts with revenue, and that means asking the wealthiest
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." >>> intriguing new twists and turns in the scandal that's gripping washington, indeed the nation and much of the world. the affair that led general dividend petraeus to resign as director of the central intelligence agency. we're finding out that at least one lawmaker here in washington may have learned of it ahead of the president and there are questions about the investigation that led to petraeus' stunning downfall. brian todd's been working the story for us and getting new information. brian, tell our viewers what's the latest? >> we found out that the house majority leader, republican congressman eric cantor, may have found out almost two weeks before the president did. this and other time lines we're following on the investigation have led to genuine anger over why the white house and other top congressional leaders weren't told sooner. a time line cnn has put together shows the republican house majority leader may have known about former cia director david petraeus' extramarital affair before the president did. that's according to aides to congressman eric cantor who tell us he fou
coach tom izzo live this hour. "newsroom" starts now. >>> and good morning from washingt washington. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining us. this morning, a shocking new development in the sex scandal that toppled one of the most respect respected men in washington. now it has snared another top general, john allen, commander of all international troops in afghanistan. today the feds are sifting through a mountain of e-mails and messages he traded with a woman named jill kelley. a mind boggling 20,000 to 30,000 pages and agents are searching for anything inappropriate. now here is the common link. that woman, kelley, jill kelley, she's the one who received harassing e-mails supposedly from petraeus' jealous mistress, paula broadwell. petraeus admits to the affair with broadwell and has said that this woman, kelley, is a family friend. we'll take a look at each of these players in a scandal that seems to grow more bizarre by the day. first stop, pentagon and cnn's chris lawrence. so, chris, what specifically are investigators looking for in those messages? morality aside,
reports. chris lawrence of the pentagon and brianna keeler in our washington bureau. let's start with chris. chris, we're talking about two high-level government officials in a scandal, general allen sent to become the supreme ally commander for nato. first off, what's the latest on the investigation? you are hearing anything? what is going to happen to general allen? >> reporter: yeah, right now what i'm hearing is that general allen is here in washington wondering exactly the same thing. he was just 48 hours away from going before that senate confirmation hearing to take over nato. now that has been postponed. he is here and people are wondering what's going to happen to him next. from what we've been able to determine from sources at the pentagon, basically they are looking at between 20 and 30,000 pages, most of them e-mails sent between general allen and jill kelly down in florida between 2010 and 2012. so right up until this year. i'm told the e-mails were inappropriate in nature and now the inspector general here at the pentagon is looking through those to see what exactly
and spending cuts. jill doherty is in our washington bureau. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> jill, both sides have said they are optimistic about a deal here. they're also not budging on some key issues. >> yeah, i mean, there is some room around the edges, but essentially, and this is the the opening gambit, of course. they're both talking about taxes. the president saying -- and revenue. the president saying that he wants more revenue from the wealthiest americans and the republicans and especially mitch mcconnell, who's the senate minority leader, he's taking a tougher stand than even boehner. let's listen to both of those positions. >> let's be clear. an opening bid of $1.6 trillion in new taxes just isn't serious. it's more than simpson/bowles or any other bipartisan commission has called for. it's been unanimously rejected in the house and senate. it's twice as much as the white house agreed to last summer during the debt ceiling talks, and looked at in the context of the spending cuts yet to be implemented, it amounts to about 20 cents in cuts for every new dollar in tax hi
there could be charges brought against her, but we're told she hired an attorney in washington, and i reached out several times to him today. haven't heard back yet. >> what do we know about the fbi agent that sent kelly shirtless pictures of himself? >> a u.s. official confirms the agent in question did send shirtless photos of himself to kelly, which opens up a host of questions. they also said that happened before this case ever began. we already know this was the agent kelly took her original concerns to when she received the e-mails she felt were threatening. an official we spoke with said this agent never worked the case, but passed on the information to special agents in another department, the cyber unit. it was that department that took up the investigation that eventually led to the affair between broadwell and general petraeus. >> this agent also who has not been identified, suzanne, who allegedly went to this republican member of congress from washington state, dave reichert, he then went to house minority leader, majority leader eric cantor who went to justice department and fbi
e-mails? >> reporter: well, erin, general allen is said to be here in washington. in fact, he flew here from afghanistan, because on thursday he was supposed to have that senate confirmation hearing to become the military head of nato, all of that now on hold. sources close to general allen have told our own nick paton walsh that allen says he did not have an affair with jill kelley, a pentagon official has also said directly that general allen denies any affair, any extra marital involvement with jill kelley. but look, erin. the reality here is, defense secretary leon panetta ordered up a full-blown inspector general investigation, and a lot of people around the pentagon say leon panetta wouldn't have done that unless there was something that needed to be looked into. >> and barbara, what's your understanding about general allen and if he's heading back to afghanistan, as we had heard he might be? >> reporter: well, he might, in fact, head back, we're told, in the next couple days to afghanistan, because frankly, there's nothing for him to do here in washington. he is still in com
access to two of the most powerful and respected men in washington, form er head of the cia. it was kelley who unintentionally exposed his affair and cost him his job as cia director. and then the messages she traded with general john allen, now the focus of his own investigation. tom fuentes is a cnn contributor and former assistant director of the fbi. welcome, tom. >> good morning, carol. >> so kelley san honorary consulate to south korea. now they may fire her if events warrant. this is just getting embarrassing. >> well, i don't know exactly what they're firing her from since that really is a pretty meaningless term in the first place. if she gets demoted from some position that almost means nothing, so what? >> it's hard to understand all of these terms. honorary consulate means she helps the south koreans set up appear parties and stuff? she introduces them to people in the united states? do you know what an honorary consulate is? >> not exactly. diplomatic status is invoked by the host country, like south korea saying this person would be working in your country and
's a woman and has access and writes a book ab a man in washington is not reason enough to think there was more than that and given his reputation, his moral character, how many respect him at such a high level here in washington and even as director in the cia, there were sometimes personality clashes. sources that told me between him and the number two in charge who the president has asked to step up in that number one role. more sort of his mind set in the way he felt things should be downed, so people are stunned. >> fred, given the timing of it, that this has come just a week before he was supposed to testify about the benghazi situation, which now he isn't, but we have some news on that in just a few moments, what was his relationship with president obama? >> i'm told that a coweuple of years ago when he was still commander in afghanistan, there was tension with members in the white house staff. when they were reviewing the options on whether to put in more troops, options to box the president in. i've been told in the last couple of years that relations are very good with
miles away. >>> the resignation of david petraeus as cia director was the talk of the town in washington on the sunday shows as well. lawmakers in both parties say they want to know more about why the fbi investigation into the extramarital affair involving the nation's top spy was kept under wraps. >> how the fbi could have been investigating it this long and yet, you know, general petraeus was involved, director petraeus was involved. so me if it was, the fbi director had the obligation to tell the president or the national security council at the earliest date so -- it seems this has been going on for several months and yet now it appears that they're saying that the fbi didn't realize until election day that general petraeus was involved. it just doesn't add up. >> democrat dianne feinstein chairs the senate intelligence committee. she says she would like to have been told that an investigation was under way and that she was caught by surprise when she heard the news. >> we received no advance notice. it was like a lightning bolt. the way i found out, i came back to washington thursd
washington, d.c. so, brianna, i guess you have this fiscal cliff, that the administration is dealing with, at the same time you have this unfolding scandal. how is the administration, or has the administration really been dragged into the scandal? >> it's certainly been a distraction. if you watched the white house press briefing yesterday you could see almost all of the questions revolved around this scandal involving generals petraeus and allen. so we know that. certainly. but, jay carney, the white house press secretary, was downplaying this was a distraction, saying the president is still very much focused on the fiscal cliff. we do know, however, that this situation has taken some of the president's time, a limited amount of time, carney said. but at the same time, we know that a lot of staff hours get dedicated to something like this kind of scandal. meantime, carney said that president obama still thinks very highly of general allen. he said that he thinks highly of the job that he's done in afghanistan, and of his service. here's what he said yesterday. the first time that carney
of representatives before leaving to become the head of the woodrow wilson center for scholars here in washington. suzanne kelly, thanks very much. just a while ago the white house released this written statement from president obama. let me read from part of it "by any measure david petraeus has made our nation safer and stronger. today, i accepted his resignation as director of the central intelligence agency and i am completely confidence that the cia will continue to thrive and carry. let's talk a little more about what's going on, the breaking news. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is standing by. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is standing by. and our chief political analyst gloria borger is standing by. gloria, let me start with you. you just spoke with some people up on the hill. what are they saying? >> i just spoke with diane finestein. she calls this a tragic story for a human being. she says people may start saying he's a scapegoat for benghazi and the controversy in benghazi. she says that is absolutely false. she said i know what the personal story is here
washington correspondent for politico. he joins us now from washington. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> so let me first get to -- i'll get to the fiscal cliff but first want to get your reaction to the petraeus story. there are reports this morning that the fbi and the justice department knew about this over the summer, as early as over the summer, and some members of congress are complaining they didn't know about it. >> members of congress always wish they knew what was going on before they get informed of things. that's a typical complaint whenever the administration comes forward with something. i would say this, there's either a situation where the fbi believes there's a potential security breach or there is not. if they believed there was a potential security breach they probably should have informed members of congress so that something could be done about it or gotten petraeus out of his job. what we've heard so far is they didn't believe that there was a potential security breach, which leads to the question of why david petraeus ended up in the position he did. and i think
obama's offer? >> cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is live for us in washington, d.c. what do you make of his comments? >> soledad, look, bill kristol is not an elected official. he doesn't get a vote. but he is a very influential gop voice here in washington. and around the country. and for him to tell republicans it wouldn't kill to them to agree to tax increases for millionaires. it's a big deal. and we heard some similar talk from republicans who do have a vote like senator bob corker. listen to this. >> i think there is a deal, once the yin and yang, we know there has to be revenues. look, i haven't met a wealthy republican or democrat in tennessee that's not willing to contribute more as long as they know we solve the problem. >> and, soledad, now for the but. the but is that sounds conciliatory, and it is but the two sides are still not close on how to cut a deal on any tax increases. for the most part republicans are still opposed to raising tax rates for the wealthiest americans and democrats, led by the president, said this over and over in the campaign, s
that kelley has been known to be on the washington social circuit. it's possible they had socialized here, but source say friends are describing her as feeling like she's an innocent victim in this and that a friend of petraeus' who spoke with him throughout the weekend and also today, erin, says that the general, the retired general has assisted to his friends that he only had one affair. only one other woman. >> the big question tonight, who knew what, and when did they know it about the petraeus affair? and does the timing of his resignation add up? here's what we can tell you tonight, in the early summer the fbi began an investigation. by the late summer, high level officials at the fbi and the justice department were notified. that investigators uncovered what appeared to be an affair between petraeus and broadwell. now, according to the "wall street journal," eric holder is among those who were informed. now, between october 21st and november 3rd, the fbi agented interviewed broadwell and petraeus. then on october 31st, eric cantor's office was notified. he passed on the concerns to
at the cia. suzanne kelly, cnn, washington. >> suzanne, thank you very much. pea tray was' confession and resignation stunned the entire intelligence community. >>> next we'll talk with general spider marks, he knows both the people involved in the petraeus decision. employees are being forced to do more with less. and the need for capable leaders is greater than ever. when you see these problems do you take a step back, or do you want to dive right in? with a degree in business from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to go further in your career than you ever thought possible. let's get started at capella.edu to provide a better benefits package... oahhh! [ male announcer ] it made a big splash with the employees. [ duck yelling ] [ male announcer ] find out more at... [ duck ] aflac! [ male announcer ] ...forbusiness.com. ♪ ha ha! consider the silverado 1500 -- still the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road. and now we've also been recognized for lowest total cost of ownership -- based on important things, like depreciation, fuel, and maintenan
to having an affair. this is someone with a stellar reputation in washington, very well respected. war hero in many ways who was appointed by president obama a little over a year ago to head the cia. now he comes out in his own words, as you just read, and admits to having an extra marital affair was one shock. the other shock, that he's stepping down from his job. this stuff happens a lot more than it should, but it doesn't always bring careers down, so it makes you wonder if there will be more information coming out in the next few days that may cast some light as to why something like this would lead to his resignation. >> you knew general petraeus and his wife holly for a long time. it's a shock to everyone who knew them, by the sounds of it. it almost sounds like in some way this is some kind of smokescreen for the benghazi congress hearings next week in which general petraeus was due to appear. is there any credence to this, do you think? >> right now, i don't think that there is. you're right, though, piers, >> you knew general petraeus and his wife holly for a long time. it's a shoc
in washington. >> diplomats in the region and around the world are working hard behind the scenes to stop this from becoming an all-out war. what are you hearing? >> wolf, you mentioned defense secretary panetta traveling in asia. all that way, made the phone call to ehud barak, the israeli defense minister, to talk about the secretary of state hillary clinton firing up the diplomatic phone lines. look at who she's been talking to in the last few days. she's been talking of course to the israelis, the egyptians, the jordanians, the turks, everyone in the region to see what can be done. the state department spokeswoman, victoria nuland today also hitting the message hard, de-escalation. listen to what she had to say. >> in all cases her message has been the same, that we are urging a de-escalation of this conflict. we are urging those countries with influence on hamas and other groups in gaza to use that influence to get a de-escalation. >> wolf, our correspondence as you know across the region, gaza, israel watching this every minute, wolf. >> we're watching it as well. thank you. let's g
starr. i'm candy crowley, and this is "state of the union." >>> good morning from washington. with all the intrigue of a bond film, i stealthy general david petraeus arrive and left capitol hill. behind closed doors they heard him. >> his testimony today was that from the start he had told us that this was a terrorist attack. >> it was testimony that seemed to challenge white house explanations of who knew what when about the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya that killed four americans. joining me is missouri senator roy blunt and mare marry congressman doug coopersburger. thank you for joining us. let's start off with the last point, and that is when you all listened to general petraeus, was he saying something different than the white house was saying in the days after benghazi about what it was, what the attack was about? sfoo well, when he came before our committee, he said really the same thing that he said september the 14th. i think on september the 14th, though, when you walked away from that hearing, you felt there was more based on a protest. he did say when he communicat
this morning. she's in our washington, d.c. bureau. good morning, jill. >> hello, soledad. well, this is it. both sides are going to be there. they're looking at the tone. they're looking at the president, what kind of tone will he set? you have to say that they're coming in both sides with their essential positions intact. all, both sides are saying that there is some room for a compromise. so, the essential thing is how do you compromise? if you look at the positions, let's say, of the republicans, and it's most strongly, as i say, relayed by senator mitch mcconnell, he does not, and they do not, want any tax increases. so let's listen to him first. >> and let's be clear, an opening bid of $1.6 trillion of new taxes just isn't serious. it's more than simpson-bowles or any other bipartisan commission has called for. it's been unanimously rejected in the house and senate, it's twice as much as the white house seemed ready to agree to during last summer's debt ceiling talks and look at it in the context of the spending cuts that are yet to be enacted from the president's other proposal, it a
. >> so i want to bring in suzanne kelli in washington, and, first of all, tell us a little bit about this video that we're seeing. the fbi so far is determined that security has not been compromised. the agents have interviewed petraeus. what does it say here when you have this woman talking about the cia's investigation into benghazi very publicly? >> well, and you heard for yourself on that piece of video, suzanne. this information hasn't been vetted. is this really something that should appropriately be put out in the public arena in the way that it was? that gets to the very nature of why this relationship was really so messy and so complicated and in the end really inappropriate, but, first of all, i want to say that in temz of what she said about libya and the cia taking prisoners there, this is something that the agency, of course, adamantly denies doing, but the issue really is her extraordinary access to petraeus. when a woman like this who has written a book about him, who, you know, talks openly about the close access she has and relationship with him says something like t
't be ratcheted back anytime soon. >> where is he now? do you know? >> we're told he's here in washington and he had come here from afghanistan, for those confirmation hearings on thursday. it is now expected he will return to kabul, the president continues to express confidence in him as the commander of the war in afghanistan. but make no mistake, there are hearings under way for his replacement in afghanistan. another marine corps general. as soon as that general is confirmed, it is expected he will then deploy to kabul, he will take command of the war, and then we'll really see what happens with general allen. it is becoming a very sensitive, i think would be the word, question around here, is this man's career over or can he still pass the senate confirmation hearing? >> all right, barbara starr at the pentagon. thank you, barbara. >>> in regards to the petraeus part of this story, fbi agents did search the home of paula broadwell last night, nearly a dozen agents seen here carrying boxes out of her north carolina home. they were also seen taking photos inside her home, not sure exactly wha
of an affair could have put him in a very vulnerable position. that's how spy networks work in washington. they find people who have access to classified information, they try to exploit them in any way they can, sometimes with women. we still don't know for sure, piers, we here at cnn, who the woman was who he had the affair with. i want to reiterate that one more time. there are lots of reporters giving different tips. we haven't gone on the record with that yet, but we do know that it was prompted by this fbi tip that the two were having an affair, paula broadwell and the general. >> let's turn to someone who did a big biography piece on general petraeus. she spent a lot of time with him. are you surprised by this? >> if someone asked me of all the guys you've interviewed, who would be most likely to be embroiled in some crazy extramarital affair, the last person, besides joe biden, would be general petraeus. and yet, on the other hand, it's not that shocking. this is a guy who was like a full-time career nerd who has been a rock star for the past five to seven years. so it's really no
? >> reporter: well, there are a lot of conspiracies in washington and i always look to see what they're based on. the cia in particular is not, i think, under any increased scrutiny when it comes to the benghazi investigation about anything they did or didn't do. of course congressional members on those oversight committees have a lot of questions. they'll have an opportunity to get some of those questions answered next thursday when there's a closed session briefing. michael morrell who is leading the cia at the president's request a career cia officer and he'll be the one who's in the hot seat to answer those questions. but the real probably target of any of the political back and forth that was going on over benghazi was the white house. this was very much being used sort of as a political tool, if you will, to say that the administration wasn't being transparent. i don't know that throwing david petraeus under the bus would be something that's all that plausible, to be honest. >> the questions about what the ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, had reported, that her information came from
, washington is none too happy about being left out of the loop as the fbi investigates the general petraeus sex scandal. >> it's rather shocking to find out candidly that we weren't briefed. >> it would have been nice to know before we saw it on tv. >> the president was certainly surprised when he was informed about the situation regarding general petraeus on thursday. >> meanwhile, the top general in afghanistan allegedly caught red-handed exchanging flirtatious e-mails of his own with jill kelley. plus the debut of my new cnn colleague, the culinary superstar who will dine on anything, anthony bourdain is here. joining me is barbara starr and intelligence correspondent, suzanne kelly. welcome back to you both. every night i say right off the top, can any of us get our heads round this and how much more ridiculous can it get, and lo and behold, it gets more ridiculous. barbara starr, let's try and get to what we believe to be the facts behind all the kind of lurid, titillating headlines. a second general today, petraeus' successor in afghanistan, general john allen, a marine corps four sta
honestly. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> 15,000 books. isn't that incredible? yet we all still want to know more about him, and apparently in the movie you see a lincoln that is far from perfect, of course, as we all know, no matter how heroic and amazing the real man must have been. thanks for watching. "anderson cooper 360" starts right now. >>> good evening. we're coming to you from staten island, new york. we're here nearly two weeks after hurricane sandy hit. we begin with breaking news, a story that has blindsided the american intelligence community and the obama administration, and it's still developing at this hour. general david petraeus resigned today as director of the cia after admitting he had an extramarital affair. they confirm to cnn that the investigators have been exploring tips on an affair with eleanor broadbar. they tried to see if there was a potential security risk, in other words, perhaps petraeus was blackmailed. she is the one with whom petraeus admitted having an affair. petraeus is a highly respected, four-star general who commanded forces in both ir
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have to get you to washington. we have so much news breaking. this is what we call in the news game the stakeout. take a look at four pictures live cameras so near and yet so far from major news that is basically in the cooker, steps away behind closed doors david petraeus is giving testimony to the senate intelligence committee and at the same time at the white house president obama's closed door fiscal cliff talks with leaders of congress is on going. they all have to come out sometime. when they do, we are set with open mics ready to hear what they have to say about the incredibly important and top secret meetings. >>> we think as one might inspect of a military leader turned spy chief general petraeus rnz a thing or two about traveling under the radar and i have to clarify the back-to-back testimony of both the house and the senate is not necessarily about the affair that he has admitted to or the fallout from this affair, but it is more about the attack on the u.s. out post in benghazi, libya. that attack that killed our ambassador and three other americans on september 11th. t
time, thanks. let's turn to washington now, where of course there was a confirmation hearing fortunate general allen's spending nomination to command the u.s. european command and nato forces in europe. it's all going to be delayed because of this scandal. white house of course, brianna keilar has been following developments on that front. good morning. >> good morning to you, soledad. i'll tell you, we just got reaction in from the white house. the first since this new development involving general allen. this reiterating what we heard overnight in a written statement from defense secretary leon panetta. this is from the spokesman for the nsc, the national security council says at the request of the secretary of defense the president has put on hold his nomination of general allen as supreme allied commander europe. that's the top u.s. commander in europe, the head of nato forces in europe. this is spending the investigation of general allen's conduct by the department of defense inspector general. says the president remains focused on fully supporting our extraordinary troops and coa
-- www.vitac.com >>> hello from washington. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us on this monday morning. this morning a sex scandal tarnishing one of the most respected names in washington and raises questions about one of its most secretive agencies. three days after that extramarital affair forced general david petraeus to resign as director of the cia, lawmakers are demanding answers. why didn't the fbi inform them of the investigation? and what does this mean for this week's senate hearing on the tedly attack in libya? barbara starr is at the pentagon. barbara, general petraeus was to be a primary witness in that closed door hearing. what now? >> well, by all accounts he will not appear at this week's hearing. the man who will is mike morrell, his deputy and ci airks, now essentially the acting director of the agency. mr. morrell, a highly respected intelligence professional, has been with the agency for many, many years. would know all the same information that david petraeus knows. but the question on the table, carol, is whether that's going to be political
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understands things are very divided in washington. he hopes they can. again, i'll let you hear in your own words this is what he told me. >> there is a budget compromise out there for raising revenue and at the same time curbing spending. simpson bowles. you say it is a good starting point but not enough. most elected officials won't go as dpfar as simpson bowles woul because it would hurt, there would be pain. what do you suggest america can do to get the strong economic growth and the high levels of unemployment? what sort of pain should our politicians be saying we should be ready to take? do we eliminate the mortgage interest deduction, do we eliminate things people are used to but need to give up all of the above. all of the above. i think the very -- the genius of simpson bowles is a political issue, namely that you can take this trillion dollars of so-called tax expenditures, and the republicans can look at cutting them as a reduction in subsidies, which in large part they are. the democrats can look at them as a way to increase taxes on upper income groups. now, it strikes me that'
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